By Eunsun Kim

ISBN-10: 1250064643

ISBN-13: 9781250064646

Eunsun Kim used to be born in North Korea, some of the most secretive and oppressive nations within the smooth international. As a toddler Eunsun enjoyed her country...despite her institution box journeys to public executions, day-by-day self-criticism periods, and the expanding gnaw of starvation because the country-wide famine escalated.

By the time she used to be 11 years outdated, Eunsun's father and grandparents had died of hunger, and Eunsun used to be at risk of a similar. ultimately, her mom made up our minds to flee North Korea with Eunsun and her sister, no longer understanding that they have been embarking on a trip that might take them 9 lengthy years to accomplish. prior to ultimately achieving South Korea and freedom, Eunsun and her kinfolk may stay homeless, fall into the fingers of chinese language human traffickers, continue to exist a North Korean hard work camp, and go the deserts of Mongolia on foot.

Now, Eunsun is sharing her awesome tale to offer voice to the thousands and thousands of North Koreans nonetheless agony in silence. informed with grace and braveness, her memoir is a riveting exposé of North Korea's totalitarian regime and, eventually, a testomony to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

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Was it sort of like coffee cake? Because I hated coffee cake. I was getting a bit bored, when my eyes fell on a drawing of some kind of animal part—a lamb’s leg, the caption said. It was laid out tail up, looking almost like a person stretched out on her tummy. I flipped backward and found another drawing. This one was of a pair of graceful hands with neat round fingernails, pressing down on a piece of something smooshy. Pastry dough. ” It sounded weird. It also sounded kind of, well, dirty. I suddenly remembered exactly what the book reminded me of.

Not even so much as a recipe for potato soup. A few words strung together, is all. But together, out there, they seemed perhaps to glow, only faintly. Just enough. Mayonnaise, like hollandaise, is a process of forcing egg yolks to absorb a fatty substance, oil in this case, and to hold it in thick and creamy suspension. — Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1 It’s hard to make mayonnaise by trial and error. — The Joy of Sex BEFORE THE BEGINNING Joy of Cooking Every night when he came home from work, the first thing Dad would do was take the change out of his suit pockets and dump it into a big blue plastic cup with the arrowhead logo from my summer camp printed on it in white, which he kept in the cabinet just to the right of his sink in the master bath.

I grabbed a piece of Marshmallow Fluff fudge out of the tin and sat down in front of the book. Mom was at the sink, scraping carrots over the disposal. “I don’t see why you insist on wearing that sweater. ” With one finger marking Mom’s recipe, I flipped through the book, trying to pronounce all the French words under my breath. An old smell came off the pages, musty but not like library books. More like a dog or a forest floor, something damp and warm and living. The words, and the smell, reminded me of something—but what it was I couldn’t at first figure out.

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